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January 6, 2015

The Biography of Edward James Dunn, 1852-1933

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The Life of Edward James Dunn

by Laraine Dunn

edited by Elaine Dunn Johnson from a 1943 manuscript.

(c) 1995 (All rights reserved)

Photo courtesy of Elain Dunn Johnson

Photo courtesy of E. D. Johnson

One day in August, 2007, I was checking the internet for hits on my name (which is not mere vanity but a useful way of seeing if the search engines are actually indexing the Barnabas Venture site), when I found a complete genealogy of my father’s side of the family (so much for security questions like, “What is your mother’s maiden name?”).  One of my Dad’s first cousins, Elaine Dunn Johnson (a.k.a., Donna Johnson), has gone to the enormous trouble of making a record of the Dunn and Johnson families.  Later, I found the page for my great grandfather, Edward James Dunn (1852-1933), and remembered that my father gave me a photocopy his biography written by my great Uncle Larry’s (Laraine Dunn, 1906-1988).  My photocopy was from an original typed by my father, Dr. Wallace Wilkinson Dunn, Jr., on an unspecified date.  I found out from the website that Donna had edited a MS in her possession, putting it in digital format.  I now publish that biography for the first time, as far as I know, to the broader world.  My thanks to cousin Donna, not only for the labor in editing this biography but also for giving me permission to publish it.

Some time after losing his young wife to typhoid fever in 1880, Edward James Dunn left his three children with family and made his way West to Oregon with the intention of continuing to Alaska in search of gold.  He stopped at the Oregon homestead of James M. Wilkinson with whom he made good friends, eventually marrying Wilkinson’s daughter Luella (1872-1955).  Ed and Luella had six children, including the second oldest, Wallace Wilkinson Dunn (1897-1991), who was my grandfather.  Ed never made it to Alaska but lived out his days in Oregon.  His grandson, Dr. Wallace Wilkinson Dunn, Jr., however, made his home in Alaska and completed the Dunn family’s trek Westward, though no one has found any significant quantities of the yellow metal.

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Wally Dunn, Celebration of Life, October 18, 2014

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The PDF tells the story of Dr. Wallace W. Dunn, written by Kim Dunn, and mise-en-page by Amy Stevenson. Thank you so much for doing this work!

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